This month for our Quilt Block of the Month we are focusing on the Double Pinwheel Quilt Block, which is one that I think looks quite complicated in the quilt, but is actually pretty simple to make. It is one that I am anxious to make a full quilt out of!
*Cut 4 dark grey squares measuring 4.5″ by 4.5″
*Cut 4 dark grey squares measuring 5″ by 5″
*Cut 4 white squares measuring 5″ by 5″
*Cut 4 mustard squares measuring 5″ by 5″
Constructing the Block:
*Make 4 total HST blocks from 2 each of the dark grey and the mustard 5″ by 5″ squares. If you need a tutorial for making Half-Square Triangle blocks you can go HERE for a video showing you how to make them.
*Make 4 total HST blocks from 2 each of the dark grey and the white 5″ by 5″ squares.
*Make 4 total HST blocks from 2 each of the white and the mustard 5″ by 5″ squares.
After you have made all 12 HST blocks, trim them each down to 4.5″ by 4.5″ blocks and press well. If you need a tutorial for pressing quilt blocks, go HERE.
Next, lay out each the HST quilt blocks and the 4 dark grey squares according to the following guide:
Each row will include one of each of the blocks constructed, just pay particular attention to how each of the blocks are turned to make the double pinwheel block.
Row #1: one HST mustard and grey, one solid grey square, one mustard and white HST, and lastly one white and grey HST.
Row #2: one mustard and white HST, one white and grey HST, one HST mustard and grey, and lastly one solid grey square.
Row #3: one solid grey square, one HST mustard and grey, one white and grey HST, and lastly one mustard and white HST.
Row #4: one white and grey HST, one mustard and white HST, one solid grey square, and lastly one HST mustard and grey.
After each row is sewn together it’s time to join the rows together. Take the first row and place on top of the second row (right sides together). Stitch together using 1/4″ seam allowances. Repeat for rows 3 and 4. Then join rows 1 and 2 to rows 3 and 4 and press your whole quilt block. Trim to 16 1/4″ or 16″ depending on your seam allowances. We like to nest each of our seams in the rows to reduce bulk on the back of the quilt. HERE is a great tutorial for NESTING QUILT SEAMS.
And you are done!
Lisa Summerhays says
What a fun block! It does look pretty complicated but sounds simple enough. Thanks, I’m going to make me one, or two,..or ten 🙂
Just wondering what I did wrong, trimmed each hst to 4 in everything sewed together wonderful, but only measures 14 1/2 in sq. I know it is something I just missed. Thanks so much
GAHH!!! I put in the wrong measurements….just fixed. I am so sorry!
Thank you Lisa!